HomePick of the DayOld-school hot rod: 1932 Ford pickup with the right details 

Old-school hot rod: 1932 Ford pickup with the right details 


Model year 1932 was a classic one for Ford hot rod builders, with ’32 high boys, low boys and ever-popular deuce coupes reigning as mainstays of the custom car world.

Not just cars, however, but trucks, as exemplified by the Pick of the Day, a 1932 Ford pickup set up as an open-wheeled street rod.

Red steel wheels are shod with vintage-style tires

“This is a super-clean all-steel 1932 Ford pickup done with a full hot rod style that includes a fully coordinated color theme, close-ratio four-speed and a dual-quad V8,” says the Mesa, Arizona, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com.

The builder loaded plenty of detail into this handsome Ford, the seller notes.

“You can just tell this truck gets everything right,” the ad says. “It starts with a high-gloss application of the black paint. So you get a performance attitude that also has a slick look that loves attention.

The red interior conforms with the exterior motif

“And speaking of attention, they paid attention to detail with full red package. You have an original ’32 front leading the charge with the red-painted grille. As that draws people in, the see the full pinstriping that highlights every classic curve on this pickup – from the headlight surrounds to the creases of the tailgate. And the red steelie wheels with two-piece trim gives this an ideal classic style.”

The black-and-red motif continues to the interior, with a red-leather bench seat and matching interior panels, and the red-rimmed steering wheel.  Even the engine matches the body.

“They spent a ton of time and money making sure the motor was ready to be on display for the world to see,” the dealer says. “So you not only get a ton of high-quality polished components, but also great details, like how the ribs in the valve covers and air topper are painted black. Even the block of this 265 cubic-inch V8 is black to match the truck.”

The engine has been extensively detailed

The engine is fed by a pair of 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetors with exhaust exiting through a dual exhaust that “makes a terrific old-school hot rod sound,” the seller says.  The power is sent to the rear wheels via a Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission.

The clean and polished undercarriage features suspension components that include a hairpin front end and adjustable coilovers in the rear.

The asking price for this attractively old-style hot rod is $44,995, which must be a fraction of what it cost to build.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. I disagree with your statement “gets everything right”……it is wrong to have a Chevy Motor in a Ford truck!

  2. I’m one of those "purists" this hobby talks about. I have been searching for that "just right" ’32 Highboy or 3 window for a few years now. As I do my research and am checking ads, I immediately "click out" of the ad the instant I see or come across "Has a crate 350" or any Chevy engine/drivetrain. Nothing wrong with Chevy , I just find it boring that their in every-other Hot Rod ya see out there. Ya don’t see ’em in a Cobra so, I don’t think they belong in a otherwise iconic classic Ford. Please, I don’t want to ague with all those "Chevy is better" guys, this is just MY opinion. P.S., the little truck in this ad is overpriced.


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